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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Tempers Flare in Virginia Senate Over Revoked Press Access

A decision to bar reporters from the floor of the Virginia State Senate provoked inter-party sniping that reached a boiling point on Tuesday.

To Reverse Ridership Declines, Metro Pins Hopes On Development Around Stations

Problems with reliability have helped drive commuters away from using Metro, but the transit agency now hopes that more development around stations will help reverse declines in ridership.

Is Virginia's Legislature Ready To Take On The Car-Title Lending Industry?

The Republican-led legislature previously has resisted efforts to overhaul the industry, but so far this year seems different.

Maryland Bill On Felons' Voting Rights Still Appears Short Of Votes To Override Veto

The legislation, passed last year by the General Assembly and then blocked by Gov. Larry Hogan, would allow about 40,000 more people to vote in Maryland, advocates say.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Televised Shooting Takes Center Stage In Virginia Gun-Control Debate

Familiar "Guns Save Lives" stickers were on display all around Capitol Square in Richmond Monday for an annual ritual known as Gun Lobby Day. But so were stickers with another perspective: "Background Checks Save Lives."

Friday, January 15, 2016

U.S. Supreme Court To Review McDonnell Corruption Conviction

The Supreme Court will hear former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell's appeal of his public corruption convictions.

Parents Photograph The Experience Of Hunger And Poverty For New Exhibit

A new exhibit called "Witnesses to Hunger" focuses on the voices and photography of parents facing the challenge of hunger in many cities — including the nation's capital.

In The Virginia State Senate, Punctuality Becomes A Partisan Issue

When should the Virginia state Senate gavel into session? It seems like a simple question. But the Senate's two major players are bitterly divided over the answer.

Should Standardized Testing Be Capped? Maryland Exploring Options

The perception that students are overwhelmed with the amount of standardized testing crosses the partisan divide, prompting the creation of a commission to look into how Maryland might walk the fine line.

Meet The Man DCPS Tapped To Head A New All-Male Public High School

Benjamin Williams says that when he was young, a DCPS teacher changed his life. The two recently met again as Williams gets ready to head the first all-male public high school in the District.

Justice Jane Roush Expected To Be Ousted From Virginia Supreme Court

Virginia Republicans plan to oust a recess appointment made last year by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to the state's Supreme Court, despite allegations from Democrats that it amounts to a partisan attack.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

D.C. Has A New Zoning Code. Here's How It Could Change The City's Look And Feel

After eight years, D.C. has approved changes to rules that govern how city land is used. Some say it's been a long time coming — the existing zoning code dates back to 1958, when D.C. was a vastly different place than it is today.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Virginia Republicans Ban Reporters From Senate Floor

Not long after receiving a failing grade for transparency from the Center for Public Integrity, ​Virginia is taking yet another step against open government: Senate Republicans have revoked reporters' floor privileges.

Metro Looks To Redefine What It Means To Be On Time

As part of the new general manager's overall approach to turn Metro into a customer-focused agency, the transit system is planning to test a new on-time performance system.

D.C. Paid Family Leave Proposal Faces Two Hurdles: Cost And Mayor Bowser

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser says she supports paid family leave, but not a D.C. Council bill that would offer workers 16 weeks of leave covered by a tax on employers.